Jantango sent a comment on my post Did Ricardo Vidort Teach? She knew him to dance with so I didn't want to hide her comment in the 'Comments', where it might not get read. Here it is:
'Ricardo danced the same way whether he was on a milonga floor or an
empty one -- he used the space. His dance was his. He never performed
for the audience, he danced for his partner and himself. There is no
choreography in his tango, it's pure feeling from the music.
began four years ago on a blog: Ricardo Vidort -- the unforgettable
milonguero of Buenos Aires, which included his notes for his classes, a
series of eight. Then Ricardo told his students to go and practice and
discover their own tango. I helped create the Wordpress site, but I
don't believe the owner will publish it. There were interviews with
Ricardo's dance partners, photos, videos, personal letters, and his
philosophy of tango.
'Ricardo Vidort once told me that he taught everything he knew in eight
classes. Then he told his students he had no more to teach them. They
had to go practice on their own and develop their own style. They
didn’t need more classes. He was right. Those who stay in classes for
years want approval from the teacher and won’t practice on their own.
'I have a DVD of an interview of Ricardo that
was part of a film by a hospice in New Mexico. I viewed it again
yesterday and share it with visitors in BsAs who are interested in
learning from Ricardo. I posted a transcript of the interview on Tango
'Ricardo lived in New York City for several years, but he
wasn't appreciated for what he had to share. Perhaps his tango was
considered too simple, too basic, for those who were interested in the
flash they saw on stage.'
It's too bad that the Ricardo Vidort blog hasn't been published. I know he said that you needed only eight classes with him to learn to dance tango and it's great that he left notes on them: I had just one class, so I've always wondered about the other seven! I wonder if these notes can be published independently of the blog? I think I've met the 'owner of the site', and I wonder if there's any way we can get all this material put up on the web. It really should be available for us all. I know that he talked to the camera and was filmed for the hospice where he passed away, and I believe there's a copyright issue with that film, but the rest of the material shouldn't be restricted.
Jantango doesn't give a link to her transcript. I found three short 'talks' by Ricardo on Tango Chamuyo, all reprints from Paul and Michiko's excellent, but no longer published magazine, El Once Tango News; Ricardo Vidort in his own Words, Is Dance a Therapy? and His Last Interview.
As to 'interviews with
Ricardo's dance partners' fortunately there is one on YouTube.